Wedding Photography is a profession which many people dream of doing, however with little knowledge it is difficult to know where to start and how to get noticed. Photography nowadays requires little skill compared to how it used to be, however it is crucial to have wide knowledge of the subject and the equipment in order to become a success. With automatic settings being overly used in photography it needs to be something which is overlooked as a professional photographer, and learning how your camera works is the first crucial step in order to do well and create beautiful images. To look at becoming a successful wedding photographer in a little more depth, we’ve teamed up with Francesca Hill.
The two main things which are needed to start the process of becoming a wedding photographer are a great portfolio and experience. Having these will not only widen your knowledge, but it will start to build your contacts and give you something to show to future clients. There are a few different ways of going about these. If you are attending any weddings in the foreseeable future then offer to do some photography for them free of charge. This will provide you with experience without the added pressure and also give you some starting images for your portfolio.
Another way of gaining experience is by assisting another photography. Although again this will probably be unpaid work, it gives you insight into how a professional wedding photographer works, what equipment they use and how they handle different situations. You will benefit a lot from doing this, however it will also be a huge help to the photographer to have an extra pair of hands so it is unlikely they will turn you down on your offer.
Having the confidence to start your own wedding photography business doesn’t always come naturally but is crucial in order to get started. Letting your confidence shine through will also give the client confidence you will be able to handle the day well and do a good job of capturing their special day. It is a job which comes with many perks due to the positive side of what you are doing, however there is a huge amount of pressure on wedding photographers nowadays and there is a lot of competition. Staying positive and focused is crucial in order to avoid giving up, and if you put the time and effort into your business there is no reason why you can’t go far.